Editorial – Voters need motion on psychological well being disaster
Printed 5:59 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Momentum continues to construct for lastly addressing Virginia’s psychological well being disaster.
If politicians wanted any extra incentive, a brand new statewide ballot reveals robust, bipartisan assist amongst Virginians for state authorities to spend money on increasing entry to remedy and providers for individuals experiencing psychological well being and substance use challenges.
This month’s survey by a company referred to as co/environment friendly discovered that after listening to the small print of a $230 million state price range proposal to reinforce behavioral well being providers, 76% of respondents expressed assist for cooperation between the Virginia Home of Delegates and the state Senate to approve the plan. Help is robust throughout gender teams (77% amongst girls, 74% amongst males), partisan affiliation (78% assist amongst Republicans, 77% amongst Democrats, and 74% amongst independents), in addition to throughout age teams, ethnic teams and all geographic areas of the state.
Virginia ranks a pitiful thirty seventh amongst states in entry to psychological well being providers, based on the 2022 Psychological Well being America state rankings. The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stories that the share of adults receiving psychological well being remedy within the earlier 12 months elevated annually from 2019 to 2021.
As demand for remedy providers soars, well being care suppliers proceed to wrestle with staffing shortages that cut back remedy capability.
Listed below are different ballot findings, as shared by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Affiliation:
- Almost three-fourths (72%) of Virginians polled mentioned they imagine that enhancing entry to behavioral well being providers must be a “excessive precedence” for the Common Meeting, with robust assist for legislative motion throughout age, gender, political and regional teams.
- Seven in 10 voters surveyed mentioned they’d be extra more likely to assist the plan resulting from its proposed inclusion of funding for greater than 30 new cell disaster groups to answer calls to Virginia’s 9-8-8 Suicide and Disaster Hotline to supply pressing assist to individuals in want.
- Seventy-two % of the voters polled mentioned they’d be extra more likely to assist the plan as a result of it requires funding to assist psychological well being affected person transportation to alleviate the burden on cops who usually have to assist transport sufferers in disaster.
The time is now to repair the psychological well being disaster wrecking our state.